Sunrise on the Little River near Christiansburg Pike (Virginia Route 615) in Floyd County, one of the few places where the river flows through flatlands in the rolling hills and mountains.

This area of the river faces threats from developers who seek to sell homelots with views of both the water and distant mountains. Subdivision development in Floyd County is running 4 to five times ahead of last year’s pace and continues to increase, threatening the country life that draws urban dwellers to this part of the state.